To foster camaraderie and teamwork in a gender-sensitive setting and further establish clear and effective team communication techniques between and among employees, RCMBs CAR and 1 conducted their Team Enhancement Exercises (TEE) cum Tribute to Retiring Employee “Salamat-Paalam” Program at Awesome Hotel, San Juan, La Union on July 6-8, 2022.

This joint activity was done to improve workplace relations – in the same way as extending gratitude for the contributions of retiring staff, Supervising Labor Employment Officer Cesar D. Cacayuran,  who happens to have served both regions. The send-off activity was witnessed by Ms. Rose-Maria Mamaoag, Chief-Administrative Division.  

In her welcome address, RCMB-1 Director Brenda Rose C. Odsey said, “This is a rare opportunity for us. We are given this time to enjoy and have fun and learn together what gender and development (GAD), as well as this TEE, seek to balance in our workplace cultures.”

The enhancement started with a lecture on Gender and Development. Ms. Marissa P. Orcino of RCMB-1 discussed the salient points of the “Laws on the Protection of Women.” She related her presentation with the other laws particularly the Republic Act no. 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children (VAWC) Act of 2004 and the Republic Act no. 11313 or the Safe Spaces Act (Bawal Bastos Law).  Sharing insights among the participants and viewing short films about women empowerment concluded the lecture.    

Other activities were “Pass the Motion Challenge, “Mr. and Ms. Universe”, and “Animal Sounds” group challenges.  With the tasks, participants were tested on their cooperation, strategic thinking, good judgment, active listening, and effective communication.

Meanwhile, the “Web of Reflection,” allowed the participants to appreciate and value their co-workers. At the end of the game, a web-like pattern was created, which symbolized the group’s unity and interconnectedness.

The team-building activity has proven to be successful as the participants were given time and opportunity to bond, exchange ideas, laugh together and have some quality time with each other. Through the activities, the participants were refreshed on their responsibilities and roles from the four corners of the office.

RCMB-CAR Director Lourdes P. Estioco said that effective communication and teamwork are vital factors for the success of the activity. “Our TEE could have not been successful without the proper communication and cooperation of everyone.  If we work as a team, we can do our tasks in the most effective and efficient way,” she said.

Maggie B. Balagtey